Ownership PSA: Do Not Put Grease On Your Brakes To Stop Them From Squealing

19:51  18 may  2017
19:51  18 may  2017 Source:   MSN

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There are few sounds more grating than squealing brakes . This is not something I ever expected to write, but again, a public service announcement : Do not grease your brakes . A new set of pads will save your car, your life, and your internet reputation.

There are few sounds more grating than squealing brakes . This is not something I ever expected to write, but again, a public service announcement : Do not grease your brakes . A new set of pads will save your car, your life, and your internet reputation.

  PSA: Do Not Put Grease On Your Brakes To Stop Them From Squealing © Imgur

There are few sounds more grating than squealing brakes. You step on the pedal, expecting to slow down in smooth, comfortable silence, and instead you're greeted by a howling, metallic banshee in the wheel wells. Frustrating, no doubt. Still, not a great reason to grab a bucket of grease and slather it all over the rotor, caliper, and whatever's left of the pad in a bid to quiet the shrieking beast. If you doubt that anyone could be that boneheaded, look no further than this post from the always-hilarious Just Rolled Into The Shop page on Reddit showing humanity at its most creative.

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Now, I know what you're thinking. Someone probably just greased up a stuck caliper so they could winch a car onto a flatbed or something. Oh how I wish that were the case, but it's pretty clear that this was one genius' attempt at a quick brake job on the cheap. There's no grease on the rotor itself, which has been basically chewed to bits thanks to the utter lack of a brake pad, indicating that the pedal has been pumped at least a few times since the grease was applied (and since the pad disintegrated). The sight, the sound, the smell-the whole production must have been horrifying. Also, incredibly, incredibly dangerous.

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I was having a coffee with him in the cafe one afternoon and he said to me straight faced he was going to put grease on his pads and discs to stop it. The brakes in my A8 do this, took a while to figure out the proper way to brake without them squeaking .

This is akin to burning down your house because it's a little chilly, or cutting off half a plane's wing to save some weight. And if you're still questioning whether people can be that stupid, just check out the thread of nonplussed mechanics who've dealt with customers with the very same idea. One poster even claims a guy came in to his shop with Crisco coating his rotors.

This is not something I ever expected to write, but again, a public service announcement: Do not grease your brakes. A new set of pads will save your car, your life, and your internet reputation. Now that's a pretty good deal.

This article was originally published on TheDrive.com

What Is Regenerative Braking? .
The 2017 Toyota Prius hybrid earns EPA-estimated mileage ratings of 54 mpg in the city and 50 on the highway. One of the first questions buyers ask is “How does it get better mileage in the city than it does on the highway?” The main reason is a technology called regenerative braking. It converts the motion (kinetic energy) of your car and returns it as electrical power to the vehicle, increasing its efficiency. Regenerative braking (sometimes shortened to regen) is used in all of the hybrid and battery-electric cars currently offered in the U.S., plus a few gasoline-only powered cars. In a traditional car, a tremendous amount of energy is wasted by the braking system. When you put your foot on the brake, the surface of the brake is pushed against the hub’s spinning disk or drum. Disc and drum brakes do a fine job of stopping the car, but all of the kinetic energy of your car’s momentum is irrecoverably lost to heat from friction. Electric and hybrid vehicles drive the wheels with an electric motor or multiple motors. When you start to coast, each motor instantly becomes an electrical generator, working to capture the car’s kinetic energy. Operating as generators, they both create a drag on the wheels they're attached to and start producing electricity. As soon as you depress the brake pedal, the generator is told to increase its power generation, which in turn causes even more resistance, slowing the car.

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